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Windows 10 Version 2004 Update Forces Tablet Mode on PCs

A Patch Tuesday update for Windows 10 version 2004 is forcing tablet mode and spacing issues onto PCs without being triggered.


If there's something we've learned from the ongoing roll out of version 2004 is that it's best to avoid Windows updates during their early stages. However, monthly events are supposed to fix issues. In a worrying trend that is not the case and the message could soon be to avoid important patches during their early stages.

Issues extend to June Patch Tuesday and the cumulative update for Windows 10 version 2004. In the latest problem caused by the updates, Windows 10 KB4557957 is causing an issue for users.

If you're unfamiliar with this patch, it introduced some optimizations for the touch experience on the platform. It allows users to stay in desktop mode when detaching a keyboard. It is part of 's ongoing efforts to create an efficient tablet mode that does not interfere with the user experience.

However, reports suggest the update is causing more problems than it is solving. Some users say Windows 10 version 2004 KB4557957 is forcing the Tablet Mode UI instead of desktop mode, even if a keyboard is attached.

“After installing KB4557957 I noticed extra spacing between icons on the taskbar and between items in ,” one user noted in the Feedback Hub (via WindowsLatest).

Losing Faith

These are the kinds of problems Microsoft needs to avoid. Too often Patch updates are causing an array of new problems. Considering many patches are security critical, it leaves users in a poor position… download a patch that causes problems on their PC or leave their machine unsecured.

Most users accept the scope of Windows 10 means feature updates arrive with issues. However, when the fixes cause issues, that's a problem for Microsoft. Fortunately, this KB4557957 problem can be filed under “annoying” rather than potentially dangerous.

There's also an easy workaround for the problem:

  • Open Windows Search (Win+S).
  • Type ‘Tablet settings”.
  • click “Change additional tablet settings”.
  • Turn off all options for “When I'm not using tablet mode”
  • Reboot the system
Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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